Instead of putting hazardous materials in the garbage or pouring them down the drain, bring them to the County's conveniently located collection sites on the published dates, free of charge. Examples of such materials are

See the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection schedule.

Some particular materials:
- BATTERIES: Alkaline and zinc-carbon batteries manufactured after mid-1996 may be safely disposed of in your regular household trash. (Their "recipes" are now virtually mercury-free.) Rechargeable batteries are now conveniently accepted at many local retailers -- no need to wait for the next HHW date.

- PAINT: Oil-based paint should always be disposed of as hazardous waste. Latex paint, once dry, may be placed into your regular trash. (A product called "Waste Paint Hardener", available at McCormick Paints stores and many local hardware stores, is very effective at drying leftover paint.) In fact, disposing of latex paint as HHW is a very expensive way to get rid of it.

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